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Oscar Wilde
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Art only begins where Imitation ends. Oscar Wilde
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The secret to life is to enjoy the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived. Oscar Wilde
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Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer. Oscar Wilde
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Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses. Oscar Wilde
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Women are made to be loved, not understood. Oscar Wilde
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Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde
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Truth is independent of facts always. Oscar Wilde
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Its a beautiful woman's fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes Oscar Wilde
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And alien tears will fill for him pity's long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn. Oscar Wilde
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For he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde
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Ah! that quite does for me. I haven't a word to say... Too much care was taken with our education, I am afraid. To have been well brought up is a great drawback nowadays. It shuts one out from so much. Oscar Wilde
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However, I think anything is better than high intellectual pressure. That is the most unbecoming thing there is. It makes the noses of the young girls so particularly large. Oscar Wilde
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She is a peacock in everything but beauty! Oscar Wilde
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All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic. Oscar Wilde
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His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was not a simple but rather a very complex passion. Oscar Wilde
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Grass is hard and lumpy and damp, and full of dreadful black insects. Oscar Wilde
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The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out. Oscar Wilde
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When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it. Oscar Wilde
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Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness. Oscar Wilde
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But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. Oscar Wilde
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I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement. Oscar Wilde
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I must say... that I ruined myself: and that nobody, great or small, can be ruined except by his own hand. Oscar Wilde
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Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Oscar Wilde
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This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde
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There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde
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Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. Oscar Wilde
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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. Oscar Wilde
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Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. Oscar Wilde
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America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. Oscar Wilde
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One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde
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No man is rich enough to buy back his past. Oscar Wilde
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When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her. Oscar Wilde
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In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin. Oscar Wilde
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There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else. Oscar Wilde
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How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive. Oscar Wilde
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There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad. Oscar Wilde
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No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating. Oscar Wilde
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It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. Oscar Wilde
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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde
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As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. Oscar Wilde
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In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust. Oscar Wilde
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The evil that machinery is doing is not merely in the consequence of its work but in the fact that it makes men themselves machines also. Oscar Wilde
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To elope is cowardly; it is running away from danger; and danger has become so rare in modern life. Oscar Wilde
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Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The loves and sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude. Oscar Wilde
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It is what we fear that happens to us. Oscar Wilde
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Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde
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Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays. Oscar Wilde
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Industry is the root of all ugliness. Oscar Wilde
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Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy. Oscar Wilde
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How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can't make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless." "Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them." "I say it's perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances. Oscar Wilde
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I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men, and the colour of things: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all things in a phrase, all existence in an epigram: whatever I touched I made beautiful Oscar Wilde
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Early in life she had discovered the important truth that nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion; and by a series of reckless escapades, half of them quite harmless, she had acquired all the privileges of a personality. Oscar Wilde
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The State is to make what is useful. The individual is to make what is beautiful. Oscar Wilde
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If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture... Oscar Wilde
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Women treat us [men] like humanity treats gods - they worship us and keep bothering us to do something. Oscar Wilde
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Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. Oscar Wilde
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Pleasures may turn a heart to stone, riches may make it callous, but sorrows cannot break it. Hearts live by being wounded. Oscar Wilde
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He is some brainless, beautiful creature, who should always be here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in the summer when we want something to chill our intelligence. Oscar Wilde
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I think you are wrong, Basil, but I won't argue with you. It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue. Oscar Wilde
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We have quite the same ideas. No; I think our ideas are quite different. But he has been most pleasant. Oscar Wilde
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The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. Oscar Wilde
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One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything. Oscar Wilde
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This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose? Algernon. Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is. The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my life. Jack. Well, you've no right whatsoever to Bunbury here. Algernon. That is absurd. One has a right to Bunbury anywhere one chooses. Every serious Bunburyist knows that. Oscar Wilde
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Come, dear, [Gwendolen rises] we have already missed five, if not six, trains. To miss any more might expose us to comment on the platform. Oscar Wilde
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Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. Oscar Wilde
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All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of. Oscar Wilde
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Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us. Oscar Wilde
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The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure. Oscar Wilde
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Love is a misunderstanding between two fools. Oscar Wilde
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Nature: a place where birds fly around uncooked Oscar Wilde
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